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Tara McMullin

It's easy to lose your way in the 21st-century economy. The world of work and business is changing so rapidly that you... more

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EP 404: What lights your fire?

Thinking about doing things differently next year? Here's one way my own work has changed—big time.

29 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
EP 403: Have your values been hijacked?

How do you see through the bait & switch?

22 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
EP 402: How do you crack the code on goal-setting?

Charlie Gilkey talks with Tara about the cultural code that lurks beneath our assumptions about goals & success.

15 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 401: Do we really all have the same 24 hours?

Jenny Blake, Charlie Gilkey, and Tara discuss capacity, time, and avoiding overcommitment.

08 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
EP 400: The Power of Practice

🙌🏻 A 400th Episode AND Book Birthday celebration! 🙌🏻

01 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
EP 399: Self Help, LLC: The Politics of Hustle Culture with Jadah Sellner

Who does all of our productivity really benefit?

25 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
EP 398: Self Help, LLC: Good Bodies With India Jackson, Tiffany Ima, and Jessica DeFino

What happens when confidence and control collide?

18 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
EP 397: Self Help, LLC: Bad Usage With Samara Bay

How we use our voices is a microcosm of how we think about ourselves. What happens when we use our... more

11 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
EP 396: Self Help, LLC: #MakingMemories with Sara Petersen

How do influencers impact the way we see ourselves, our families, and… our shopping lists?

04 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
EP 395: Self Help, LLC: Instagram, the Algorithm, and Personality Types with Steph Barron Hall from Nine Types Co

Personality types are big business on Instagram. Why are we so hooked on ourselves?

27 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
EP 394: Self Help, LLC: The Paradox of Self-Help Expertise with Patrick Sheehan

Who do you trust with improving your life?

20 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
EP 393: Self Help, LLC: Selling Empowerment with Kelly Diels

Is this really what empowerment looks like?

13 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
EP 392: Self Help, LLC: Winners & Losers

Are we all in the self-help business now?

06 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes

Are we all in the self-help business now?

23 Aug 2022 · 3 minutes
EP 391: How do human decisions shape the economy? with Stacey Vanek Smith

What even is the economy really? How does economic news impact my daily life? And what would prompt two humanities... more

09 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
THE BOOK: Do your Big-G Goals Serve You?

After finding myself frustrated, exhausted, and burnt out, I had to ask: Are the goals I set making my life... more

26 Jul 2022 · 10 minutes
EP 390: Context Clues: Is a recession inevitable?

How do you prepare your small business for economic ups and downs?

12 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
EP 389: Context Clues: Does everyone need a personal brand?

How has our relationship with ourselves changed since we started to put so much effort into emphasizing the most marketable... more

05 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
EP 388: Extra Context: Not Getting Paid

Can work be valuable even if you're not making money with it? What role do hobbies and personal pursuits have... more

28 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
EP 387: Context Clues: Is there hope beyond positive thinking?

Vibe check: does positive thinking get in the way of recognizing real limitations and structural challenges?

21 Jun 2022 · 41 minutes
EP 386: Extra Context: Getting Paid

How can we think more strategically about the way we get paid as business owners & independent workers?

14 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
EP 385: Context Clues: Who do you work for?

Do you spend more of your time working for internet companies than for yourself or your clients?

07 Jun 2022 · 36 minutes
EP 384: Context Clues: Do you love your work?

Is loving your work all it's cracked up to be? And is the work you love meeting your needs?

31 May 2022 · 37 minutes
EP 383: Extra Context: Rugged Individualism

Has individualism made it harder to navigate the 21st-century economy?

24 May 2022 · 11 minutes
EP 382: Context Clues: What makes for a fair refund policy?

Does your refund policy help you make sales... or do right by your customers?

17 May 2022 · 57 minutes
EP 381: What happens when you take a 4-month break from business as usual?

At the end of 2021, I stepped away from my business: left our community, off-boarded my employee to another company,... more

10 May 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 380: When does overdelivering become overcompensating? with Allison Davis

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: underpromise and overdeliver. But is that really the best way to do business? Or... more

05 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
EP 379: Why do we choose squeezing more in over taking time off? (Time & Money 8)

I’m bringing our Time & Money series to a close this week by exploring why we choose squeezing more in... more

29 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
EP 378: How much time do you work? with Anne Ditmeyer (Time & Money 7)

A lot of the work we do today doesn’t much look like “work.” The divide between work-life and life-life is... more

22 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 377: What game are you playing? (Time & Money 6)

The systems we operate in all have different incentive systems: our business models, the social media platforms, our economy, the... more

15 Mar 2022 · 31 minutes
EP 376: What Is Our Time Worth? With Keina Newell (Time & Money 5)

Most of us learn the value of our time in our first jobs. Even as we get more experience and... more

08 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
EP 375: Is this really a new economy? (Time & Money 4)

I’ve been talking about the “new economy” since about 2010. But more and more, I recognize that the economic possibilities... more

01 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
EP 374: How do you measure quality time? with Elisabeth Jackson (Time & Money 3)

There’s more than one way to measure success—and there’s more than one way to measure time. How do you account... more

22 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
EP 373: Should we lower our expectations? (Time & Money 2)

We spend money on lots of tools designed to save us time and work. But all too often, those tools... more

15 Feb 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 372: What Is Money? with Paco de Leon (Time & Money 1)

“Time is money.” Ben Franklin gave us that chestnut in 1748—and ever since, we’ve been trained to think of our... more

08 Feb 2022 · 32 minutes
EP 371: How does emotional labor impact our work?

Emotional labor is an under-appreciated, under-compensated type of work. But it’s essential for navigating the 21st-century economy. Entrepreneurship almost always... more

01 Feb 2022 · 35 minutes
EP 370: What is the creator economy? with Gina Bianchini

What is the creator economy? And why are so many creators… miserable? Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini was the first... more

25 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
EP 369: Do your goals make you a better person?

The way we set goals often invites a load of comparison and competition. We can even create a moral hierarchy... more

18 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
EP 368: What Does Growth Without Striving Look Like? with Rita Barry

“What does growth without striving look like?” Rita Barry posed this question 3 years ago, and it’s stuck with me ever... more

11 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 367: Moving Into A New Chapter with Darden Creative Founder Tamera Darden

In This Episode: * Why Darden Creative founder Tamera Darden decided to shut down her business at the end of 2022—and... more

14 Dec 2021 · 1 hour,
EP 366: Unpacking Business Grief with Charlene Lam

In This Episode: * Creative grief worker & curator Charlene Lam shares how grief impacts us—as humans, leaders, and business owners*... more

07 Dec 2021 · 45 minutes
EP 365: Asking Abundant Questions To Solve Business Challenges

I always hesitate to talk about practicing an “abundance mindset…” …because it so quickly veers into positive vibes only, charge what... more

30 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
EP 364: The Abundant Value of Virtual Assistants with Janice Plado Dalager

In This Episode: * Consultant and virtual assistant Janice Plado Dalager joins Tara for a conversation about the unique skill set... more

23 Nov 2021 · 54 minutes
EP 363: Making The Hard Call With 90-Day Business Launch Founder Michelle Ward

In This Episode: * Why Michelle Ward decided to retire as the When I Grow Up Coach to go all-in on... more

16 Nov 2021 · 53 minutes
EP 362: Debunking The Myth Of Scarce Attention

Have you heard? The average human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish’s! Thanks, internet.  TV journalists and politicians... more

09 Nov 2021 · 19 minutes
EP 361: Embracing Your Whole Identity With Coach & Consultant Angela Browne

In This Episode: * How Angie Browne‘s career has evolved into embracing her whole identity as a coach & consultant* Why... more

02 Nov 2021 · 52 minutes
EP 360: Slowing Down To Make Sustainable Choices

I am a fast person. I walk fast. Cook fast. Write fast. Talk fast. Work out fast. It’s like I’m always... more

26 Oct 2021 · 30 minutes
EP 359: Operating An Ethical Business With the ethical move Founder Alice Karolina

In This Episode: * Why brand strategist Alice Karolina created the ethical move, which helps small business owners navigate building more... more

19 Oct 2021 · 48 minutes
EP 358: Imagining New Ways To Work With Future Proof Skills Lab Founder Liz Wiltsie

In This Episode * How Future Proof Skills Lab founder Liz Wiltsie has build her business on her North Star values... more

12 Oct 2021 · 44 minutes
EP 357: Building A Business Based On What Matters With Coach Mara Glatzel

In This Episode: * The key values that coach Mara Glatzel has built her business on* How her human-first approach to... more

05 Oct 2021 · 50 minutes
EP 356: Creating A System Of Care

Systems have a reputation. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, as I have, “Oh, I’m just not a systems person,” you... more

28 Sep 2021 · 28 minutes
EP 355: Cash Flow Is A Feminist Issue

In This Episode: * Tara explains how using a system-thinking approach to money makes it easier to invest in the growth... more

21 Sep 2021 · 25 minutes
EP 354: Making Sales A System With Coach Pony Founder Christie Mims

In This Episode: * Why Coach Pony founder Christie Mims uses 2 “competing” sales funnels to accommodate for different ways of... more

14 Sep 2021 · 48 minutes
EP 353: Dancing With Systems In Clickup With Lou Blaser & Sean McMullin from YellowHouse.Media

In This Episode: * Why Sean McMullin & Lou Blaser, from YellowHouse.Media, switched their project management software from Notion to Clickup... more

07 Sep 2021 · 59 minutes
EP 352: Personal Strengths Make Strategy Stronger

Personal strengths are like a photo filter. Imagine you’ve got a photo that’s… fine. You upload it to Instagram or VSCO... more

24 Aug 2021 · 37 minutes
EP 351: Thinking Differently With Writer Kris Windley

In This Episode: * Why writer Kris Windley decided to learn how to illustrate her articles* How doodling has helped her... more

17 Aug 2021 · 52 minutes
EP 350: Slowing Down For Success With Coach Reva Patwardhan

In This Episode: * Why coach Reva Patwardhan counts her intrinsic sense of belonging as one of her top strengths* How... more

10 Aug 2021 · 46 minutes
EP 349: Updating Your Default Settings With Work Brighter Founder Brittany Berger

In This Episode: * How Work Brighter founder Brittany Berger leverages her unique strengths to create a custom approach to productivity... more

03 Aug 2021 · 50 minutes
EP 348: Knowing When To Get Out Of The Way With Let’s Do The Books Founder Mark Butler

In This Episode: * Why Let’s Do The Books founder Mark Butler has been working on getting out of the way... more

27 Jul 2021 · 43 minutes
EP 347: Carving Out Space For Creative Work With The Autonomous Creative Founder Jessica Abel

In This Episode: * Why Jessica Abel believes carving out space to work on experimental and creative projects is key* The... more

20 Jul 2021 · 57 minutes
EP 346: Finding The Right Blend With Financial Behaviorist Jacquette Timmons

In This Episode: * Why financial behaviorist Jacquette Timmons is more interested in finding the right blend that finding a balance... more

13 Jul 2021 · 39 minutes
EP 345: Putting Your Business In Maintenance Mode With ScaleSpark Founder Susan Boles

In This Episode: * Sean McMullin asks Break The Ceiling host Susan Boles what she’s learned about creating a business that... more

06 Jul 2021 · 37 minutes
EP 344: Time To Take A Break?

Do you ever get the feeling you’re white-knuckling it through business ownership? Like if you just squeeze the wheel hard enough... more

01 Jul 2021 · 17 minutes
EP 343: 5 Ways To Do More & Better By Teaming Up

I did not like group work as a student. I much preferred to take on a project myself. I wanted complete... more

29 Jun 2021 · 30 minutes
EP 342: Getting Help Before The Ish Hits The Fan with Shulamit Ber Levtov

In This Episode: * How mindset & resilience consultant Shulamit Ber Levtov became interested in the mental health challenges women face... more

22 Jun 2021 · 59 minutes
EP 341: Taking Better Care Of Each Other with Wanderwell Founder Kate Strathmann

In This Episode: * Wanderwell founder Kate Strathmann and I unpack how our personal values often don’t line up with economic... more

15 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
EP 340: Managing As An Introverted, Anxious, and Autistic Boss: Tara’s Interview On The Rebel Therapist With Annie Schuessler

In This Episode: * How I decide what roles to hire for (and why understanding our team structure is key)* When... more

08 Jun 2021 · 52 minutes
EP 339: Hiring For The Upside With Small Business Co-Pilot Founder Podge Thomas

In This Episode: * Why management specialist Podge Thomas believes your team should be your biggest asset* How to prepare to... more

01 Jun 2021 · 51 minutes
Q&A: What Content Should Be Free? And What Should Be Paid For?

How do you know what content should be free? And, what should be paid for? This month, we’ve been talking all... more

27 May 2021 · 12 minutes
EP 338: Why Staying Small Leads To Big Results

This month, we’ve explored finding customers and building an audience—which are not the same things. Every business needs to find customers.... more

25 May 2021 · 29 minutes
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EP 343: 5 Ways To Do More & Better By Teaming Up
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I did not like group work as a student. I much preferred to take on a project myself. I wanted complete control over... more